As it happened twelve months ago, victory was denied to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), but contrary to 2014, the performance by the Spaniard in the Strade Bianche Eroica Pro wasn't by any means second to a real victory. The Spaniard from the telephone squad shared the podium (3rd) in Siena's Piaza del Campo with Zdenek Stybar (EQS, 1st) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC, 2nd), after excellent efforts from all his team-mates and 'Bala' himself almost from the starting flag of the 200km course -with ten sections of 'sterrato' gravel roads- in San Gimignano.

The impulse by Soler, Ventoso, Sanz and Sütterlin was notable from the very start, controlling the early, eight-man break of the day until catching them in the Monte Sante Marie (-52km) and always launching the pace, with Lastras, Amador and Visconti also prominently featuring at the front. Valverde, always attentive at the head of the race, first jumped strong into an attack by Sagan (TCS) and Stybar, with whom he rode for about ten kilometers, and later caused the final selection into the Colle Pinzuto, 20k from the finish, together with his two rivals on the podium. The enormous courage by the Murcia-based rider led him into contending position afoot the Via Santa Caterina final ascent, yet left him with no strength against his rivals.